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Jalen Wilson

Position Forward
Height 6'8"
Weight 225 lbs
Class RS Sophomore
Hometown Denton, Texas
High School John H. Guyer HS

OVERVIEW
Entered the 2021 NBA Draft but returned to KU for his redshirt sophomore season … A key contributor earning many postseason honors following his redshirt-freshman season in 2020-21 … Ended 2020-21 averaging 7.9 rebounds per game which is the second-best average by a KU freshman, only trailing Joel Embiid (8.1 in 2014) … Saw his freshman season cut short after just two games due to injury and was a redshirt in 2019-20 … A multi-talented forward who brings great size, skill and versatility and can play big and small … Comes from an athletic family as both parents played college basketball.

CAREER HONORS
Academic All-Big 12 Second Team [2021]

Big 12 All-Newcomer Team [2021]
Big 12 All-Freshman Team [2021]
Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (2.15.2021)

2020-21 (FRESHMAN)
Big 12 All-Newcomer and All-Freshman Teams … Started 26 of 29 games … Led Kansas and the Big 12 freshmen in rebound average at 7.9 rpg … Ranked second in the Big 12 in rebounds (7.9), second in double-doubles (9) and 12th in free throw percentage (63.0) … His six double-doubles in Big 12 play were tied for the most in the conference … Recorded six double-doubles in his last 11 games, including a KU frosh consecutive double-doubled record (4) … Ended second on the KU frosh record for rebound average (7.9) … Led KU in scoring five times and in rebounds in 18 games … Was third on the team with 58 assists … Posted nine points and nine rebounds vs. Oklahoma (3/11) in the Big 12 Championship … Had 16 points and 13 rebounds at Texas (2/23) … Scored 22 points with 10 boards at Iowa State (2/13) … Had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the win vs. No. 8 Creighton (12/8) … Posted first-career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the victory vs. Kentucky (12/1) in the Champions Classic.

2019-20 (REDSHIRT)
Was a redshirt after playing in just two regular-season games … Broke his ankle vs. UNC Greensboro (11/8) … Logged two minutes vs. #4 Duke (11/5).

HIGH SCHOOL
A four-year starter at John H. Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, for coach Grant Long … A two-time Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) 6A all-state, all-regional and District 5-6A co-MVP selections his junior and senior seasons … Averaged 18.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists his senior season as the Wildcats were ranked No. 1 or No. 2 throughout the season … As a junior, averaged 16.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists … Helped the Wildcats to a combined 70-7 record his junior and senior seasons (32-5 as a senior and 38-2 as a junior), advancing to the regional championship game in the Texas state playoffs both seasons … Played for Gauntlet AAU.

PERSONAL
Full name is Jalen Derale Wilson … Born in Arlington, Texas … Parents are Lisa and Derale Wilson … Has two siblings, Jace (15) and Jevin (9) … Mother was an Oklahoma State signee who tore her ACL and played college basketball at Seminole State College and later Oklahoma City University … Father played collegiate basketball at TCU and professionally in Europe … Enjoys playing video games and listening to and making music … Originally signed with Michigan but reopened his recruitment with the coaching change and committed to Kansas in June 2019 … Communication studies major.